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I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.

Currently reading

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't
Robert I. Sutton
Progress: 6/210 pages
The Edge of the Abyss
Emily Skrutskie
Progress: 51/281 pages
The Listerdale Mystery and Eleven Other Stories
Agatha Christie, Hugh Fraser
Progress: 3/6 minutes
The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality
Julie Sondra Decker
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World
Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Abigail Revasch, Tara Sands
Progress: 190/473 minutes
The Mystic Marriage
Heather Rose Jones
Progress: 302/426 pages
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant
Kazuto Tatsuta
Progress: 448/553 pages
The Naked Sun
Isaac Asimov
Progress: 20/187 pages
Fluency
Jennifer Foehner Wells
Progress: 58/367 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 116 out of 428 pages.

A Thousand Leagues of Wind, the Sky at Dawn - Fuyumi Ono, Eugene Woodbury

I'm not fond of Woodbury's decision to use "wizard" and "wizardess" for the people Tokyopop generally called "sages."

 

I don't know which word is a more accurate translation, so I can only really speak to my preferences, and I prefer Tokyopop's "flying sage" and "grounded sage" more than Woodbury's "wizard of the air" and "wizard of the earth." Woodbury's choice of words implies powers that most of these people don't have. They're really just ordinary people granted immortality by being listed in a special registry. If they're "grounded sages"/"wizards of the earth," they live in the palace and have more direct political power than if they live away from the palace and are therefore "flying sages"/"wizards of the air."

 

Also, "sage" worked well for both men and women. "Wizardess" makes me grit my teeth. That said, I like that Woodbury went with emperor and empress for the rulers. Tokyopop's decision to use "king" regardless of the person's gender always seemed a bit odd to me.